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Global Alliance

We want the very best of the world connected to the very best of the UK. That’s why we built this programme; to form international collaborations with governments, societies, enterprises, institutions and people from every corner of the globe. It is innovation diplomacy at its best.

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As the United Kingdom, we’re entering a new phase in our international relations. It has never been more important to foster long-lasting partnerships with the global community. Forming these strategic links will help to drive innovation locally, through the UK’s governing bodies, businesses and institutions and bring our talent to a broader audience.

But it’s not just about bringing UK innovation to the rest of the world. Many of the challenges we now face are universal, and having an international perspective on their solutions is critical. We can’t help to shape the future of the world in isolation. As an outward-looking society, we need to build global alliances, from the top tier of international relations down to individual organisations and people.

Find out more about the work we undertake every day to assure the UK’s place at the forefront of global innovation. Talk to our team now to see how we can help you find an international partner that could take your project to the next level.

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We recently recorded a video to give you an overview of the Five Horizon Europe Missions. You can watch it here.

Our current global activity

Agrifood Africa Connect

AgriFood Africa Connect brings innovative people and organisations across the UK and Africa together to address key AgriFood challenges in Africa. We build diverse connections across the UK and Africa to drive positive change that aligns with the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance goals.

Global Alliance Africa

Global Alliance Africa is a six-year project designed to strengthen and scale local innovation and business environments in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Energy Catalyst

Global energy poverty is real. Over 1 billion people do not have access to electricity. Over 3 billion people rely on solid fuels and kerosene for cooking and heating. It is estimated that approximately 80% of people gaining access to electricity worldwide are in urban areas.

European Programmes

Innovate UK KTN helps UK companies engage with European funding programmes and help them create collaborations.

Global Alliance Innovation Exchange

Global Alliance Innovation Exchange is an Innovate UK KTN programme specially designed to help UK and international organisations search for game-changing solutions to innovation challenges. Through the programme, we support innovation transfer by matching industry or societal challenges to innovative companies from across a diverse range of sectors. Our success is built on our deep sector expertise, trusted independence and global network.

Global Expert Missions

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme aims to create global growth opportunities for UK innovation through strategically aligned partnerships with the right businesses in the right countries.

Funding Opportunities

Global IX challenge: Re-use, Re-fill, Re-imagine – Innovative solutions for online consumer products within South-Africa

This Global Alliance Innovation Exchange challenge competition is supporting Unilever to identify innovative approaches towards new circular business models for reuse and refill models for online customers within South Africa.

Opens: 11/03/2022 Closes: 15/05/2022

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Canada-UK Net Zero Value Chains - Transportation

UK registered businesses and Canadian SMEs can apply to collaborate on joint R&D projects that enable the transition to net zero for the automotive, rail, or maritime sectors.

Opens: 04/04/2022 Closes: 29/06/2022

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Energy Catalyst Round 9

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific regions.

Opens: 18/05/2022 Closes: 10/08/2022

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Events

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2021

Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2021

09.00 - 17.00 | Online

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Mon
7
Feb
2022

An Introduction to Eurostars

10.00 - 11.30 | Online

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20
May
2021

European Funding Information Day

10.00 - 13.00 | Online

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News

15.03.2022

Sheilah Birgen, Global Alliance Africa’s Kenya Country Lead, meets the President of Zimbabwe

On 9 March 2022, Sheilah Birgen, Kenya Country Lead for our Global Alliance Africa project, briefed Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, the President of Zimbabwe, on Innovate UK KTN’s work in Kenya and how we are supporting small business and local and regional innovation across a range of sectors to promote long-lasting strategic partnerships between Africa and the UK.

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12.04.2022

Global Alliance Africa Media Dialogue Puts Women Innovators in the Spotlight!

Innovate UK KTN’s Africa team recently hosted an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Innovation Media Series for Nigeria and Kenya highlighting some of the challenges faced by Women in Innovation. Both events had a fantastic panel, engaging conversations and great insights from all involved.

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Programmes related to Global Alliance

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Global Expert Missions

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme aims to create global growth opportunities for UK innovation through strategically aligned partnerships with the right businesses in the right countries.

Learn More

Global Alliance Africa

Global Alliance Africa is a six-year project designed to strengthen and scale local innovation and business environments in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Learn More

Agrifood Africa Connect

AgriFood Africa Connect brings innovative people and organisations across the UK and Africa together to address key AgriFood challenges in Africa. We build diverse connections across the UK and Africa to drive positive change that aligns with the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance goals.

Learn More